Saw this last year at Rutland Water. Looked like a jewel in the vegetation.
No interactions present.
Apart from microscopically, is there any other way to make an identification of this spider? I watched its behaviour for a while - at first it looked like a seed then stretched its legs.
The problem with many spider is that within a genus the various species look rather similar to the naked eye. However, when the specific microscopic features are examined differences become apparent (though immatures are often impossible!). In the case Tetragnatha you can narrow the options a bit more. You can look at the sternum (the plate below from which the legs arise) to see if has an obvious yellow stripe running down the centre from front to back. If present it can be T.extensa or a second species. If no yellow stripe it could be one several additional species (e.g. the very common T.montana).
Don't give up....
BMIG website: www.bmig.org.uk (centipedes, millipedes & woodlice)
BMIG Newsletters ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-newsletter
BMIG Bulletins ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-bulletin
Thank you for the advice - very helpful. (Might also be helpful if I went out spotting with people who didn't run away screaming anytime 'spider' was mentioned.)
Will keep looking.
Lat/Lng: 52.649, -0.695
OS grid ref: SK883064